I'm currently in my fourth year at college and I had originally intended to get a BS in biology. Since I didn't start off in a science major right away, I found out last week that I am behind about 20 credits which would delay my graduation until December (even if I take summer classes). I spoke to a few different people including a lady at academic advising and one of my biology professors involved in microbiology. My micro professor suggested going for a BA in biology instead of the BS. She mentioned that since I have taken all of the difficult courses (All the physics, chemistries, psychology course, microbio, and biochem) my transcript will look just as good as if I were getting a BS. I've done very well in all my classes and my current GPA is a 3.88. I'm also a business minor and she mentioned that people who take minors unrelated to their majors often opt for the BA because they would not have the time to complete all the courses required for the BS. The lady in academic advising was very impressed with my transript but she was sort of siding with "You're so close, why not just go for the BA?". For the BS, I would have to take four general biology courses in random subjects. Most of those would be completely unrelated to what I am actually interested in. I spoke to my dad and expressed that I am worried about jobs looking down on me for getting a BA in a science, but my bio professor reassured me that my transcript will clearly show I am talented in the sciences. When looking at grad schools, it seems as if it does not matter whether or not I have a BA or BS, just as long as I have the required classes for the programs. Same with Med school. I have all those required classes since I was originally intending to get the BS. So my question is: How much does it matter whether or not I have a BA or BS in biology if I took all the hard, core classes and did well in them? My dad doesn't think it is worth it to spend the money and stay an extra semester just to get a BS if the BA is sufficient. After talking with him, I feel better about going for the BA, but I want to hear your opinions. I know its difficult because I do not know what I want to do when I graduate. I do like microbiology research and I do have a semester of research under my belt (and possibly another next semester). If all else fails, I will apply to a biology masters program.